Using the lens of healing through Christ’s power and love combined with current psychological and neuroscience-based theories, frameworks, and practices, I aim to provide a safe, non-judgmental space in Christ. I offer empathetic active listening as a compassionate presence and witness to see you, hear you, and meet you where you are in your human condition, as Christ also meets us where we are by coming to us in human form and being with us daily as our living and loving God. My hope is for Christ to heal in you whatever is coming up at the present, through making conscious of the present reality, whether joy or suffering or sublime understanding, as God is already conscious of you and your heart. “Oh Lord, you have examined my heart, and know everything about me” (Psalm 139:1).
My Goal as a Christian Counselor
My goal is for you to experience beauty in God’s peace beyond understanding, healing, recovery, and ultimately a celebration of all that is in store for you as a gift from our Lord in your unique personal journey now and beyond. My hope is that through our sessions together, you will discover a renewed quality of life, and find meaning and purpose in the face of any current adversity. This quality of life is couched in God’s loving grace and eternal hope, and increased by leaning on the Lord, in His will, not our own. I also aim to frame this goal with consideration of current knowledge from the latest neuroscience, and within general psychological frameworks such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, mindfulness, and Internal Family Systems Theory.
What I Offer in Christian Counseling
My approach is biblical values-based, client-centered, strength-based, solution-focused, and includes explorations of mindfulness techniques, promoting quality of life, finding meaning and purpose in the face of adversity, creating healthy boundaries, and the use and practice of coping skills based on clients’ unique strengths and personal and cultural background. My approach is also strongly influenced by modalities and theories such as Internal Family Systems, neuroscience (particularly having participated in three years of neuropsychological research on stress/learning and memory), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Client-Centered Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, psychodynamic, and Attachment Theory.
My Approach to Christian Counseling
My Christian values form the basis of all that I do. God’s love and salvation are at the center of my work. When able to work with Christian clients, I find that I provide the role of sister to my Christian sisters and brothers, learning, praying, and seeking God’s words and wisdom together as children of God. The true counselor is our Lord.
In my work in hospice and psychiatric facilities, common themes with clients have been anxiety, depression, family/intimate relationships, family of origin, existential questions/facing mortality, compassion fatigue, caregiver burnout, and trauma. In the center of my therapeutic approach is a strong therapeutic relationship with clients based on compassion and empathetic understanding/listening/seeking to know and a view that is based on seeing clients in a person-in-environment, and focus on helping the client explore and discern for the Holy Spirit’s promptings within themselves.
Qualifications & Experience
I have five higher education degrees that include degrees in psychology (University of Washington) (neuroscience research based/focused) and clinical social work (University of Washington) with intensive training on counseling those with life-limiting illnesses. My other post-graduate degrees are a Doctorate and Masters of Musical Arts.
I have been working formally as a practicing licensed mental health/behavioural health counselor since 2014 in particular with populations of clients and their families and caregivers who are struggling with life-threatening illnesses, including at end of life. I also have years of experience in psychiatric counseling in both the inpatient and outpatient hospital settings and also have expertise in helping clients navigating value systems of multi-cultural backgrounds.
My Call to Christian Counseling
As a young musician, my goal was to help people heal through emotional authenticity, discipline and self-control, mindfulness, and divine inspiration through classical music. Around 2009, God inspired me and orchestrated circumstances in all parts of my life, pushing me and nudging me by His immense loving grace to start the journey toward the helping profession, completing a degree in psychology with emphasis in neuroscience as well as a Master of Social Work degree with a special concentration in Life-Limiting illness/Geriatric care. In parallel, I felt called to expand from being a conduit for God through music by being a concert pianist and professor of piano, into becoming a conduit for God as the lead musician/pianist at Advent Anglican. This journey has led me to serve as a channel of His will in helping my brothers and sisters in Christ in emotional health as a Christian therapist, which has now proven through the years to be a blessed path that I would not have even fathomed on my own. His will, not my will.
More About Me/On a Personal Note
As an Asian American woman growing up in the US since age 9, I have a personal understanding of how to successfully navigate multicultural systems, especially those of Eastern and Western combined backgrounds. Jesus led and carried me through trials and hardships during a previous music career and through caring for the emotional health of many musicians of all ages for 20+ years. Most of all, during the death of my father and illness and continued care of my elderly mother with severe chronic disease, God taught me to lean on His strength, hope, peace, and unending grace.
I have had a rich life experience as a classical musical artist before mid-life. I find that having lived a full life before becoming a counselor, and in particular as a minority as well as being a woman, allows me to provide informed client care with an added capacity to empathize with the human condition. In my personal life, I am a caregiver for my elderly mother who has survived two cancers. For self-care, I enjoy dancing, yoga, healthy eating, and hiking and long walks with my family, and taking care of my 11-year-old shitzu-terrier. I also enjoy doing regular devotional studies, studying the Bible and other ancient texts as well as taking care of my indoor and outdoor garden.
Areas of Expertise/Specialties
- Abandonment and Neglect
- Aging and Geriatric Issues
- Grief and Loss
- Group Counseling
- Individual Counseling
- Online Counseling
- Personal Development
- Professional Development
- Relationship Issues
- Spiritual Development
- Women’s Issues
Many of my clients have been able to receive the therapy they have needed through telehealth platforms and have sung praises for this mode of therapy. I would be using a HIPAA-compliant platform that would completely protect your privacy. You would just need a WiFi connection and equipment such as a smart phone and/or laptop or iPad in order to receive counseling. The benefits of this modality of providing treatment is the convenience and flexibility, in particular of timing and location. It is a wonderful alternative for clients with busy lifestyles as well as for those with health and mobility concerns.
Grief and Loss/Spiritual Development
One thing that we know for certain in life is that change will happen. There is grief and loss in all of our days, small and big; change causes gain and loss. While most of us think of grief and loss as part of the mourning process one goes through when someone significant to us dies, we may also suffer significant feelings of grief and loss in life transitions such as changing careers, loss of health, changes in the aging process, and the loss of a significant relationship, amongst others. During our sessions we will work with models of grief from the Word, how Jesus dealt with grief and death, as well as current psychotherapy models of grief. We will address underlying fears of the human condition and surrender these fears to the living Christ. We can see the cross as the ultimate grief and loss in being human and how the cross and the resurrection and salvation is the key to everlasting hope. We will walk this path while also exploring evidence-based psychotherapeutic coping skills for grieving through loss.
Trauma/Family of Origin
Trauma that occurred in childhood often can show up in adulthood as some form of suffering, as the nervous system matures and is finally ready and equipped to emotionally process what a child’s nervous system developmentally cannot process. The goal of trauma counseling is to become increasingly more conscious, for the fragments that were compartmentalized when the trauma occurred, to come together in cooperative relationship and thus for the person to become more whole. On this journey, there is often a clear grieving process and emotional work that needs a person’s energy and commitment, and God’s strength and compassion. We will learn to mutually become an empathetic witness to the inner child that is wounded through Family of Origin trauma and seek to understand what the inner child needs to heal. We will seek for God to guide the pace and the renewing and nurturing of a relationship to help heal the wounded inner child, and help this tenderest part of self to learn new coping skills, reframing and consolidating parts of self with biblical perspective and an internal family systems framework.
Aging and Geriatric Issues
With my extensive experience in hospice and oncology care, as we age and come to mid-life ,through our golden years and end-of-life, I have seen that it is common to experience significant grief and loss with the inevitable changes of our physical faculties due to disease or simply natural aging and decline. We will walk through this part of your journey by providing a safe space to grieve and process through these changes, and find hope and peace beyond understanding in God and the Word. If appropriate, certain clients find life-review, legacy activities therapeutic; I can offer different modalities and techniques in coping with aging and decline, and the suffering that sometimes come with the aging process. I can also offer support for caregivers of the aged; it is often the family members of our elders who have difficulties in coping. I would be honored to offer my expertise in our sessions to provide the support you and your family may need.
We will begin by establishing a safe therapeutic space and inviting the Lord into this space to guide us. Whatever it is that might be your current concern, I will meet you where you are at, and with Christ’s strength, we will gently explore without judgment, with Christ’s compassion and grace, whatever that needs to be seen and heard inside you, thereby walk toward healing. In the safety of God and of our therapeutic space, whenever you feel comfortable, we may, as appropriate, explore your inner world, emotional and spiritual, your outer world, previous and current, and if relevant, the world outside of your immediate environment and learn how all these various levels and systems in this broken world may have contributed to your current concern. We will use a combination of God’s Word and current evidence-based psychological theories and frameworks to seek understanding. Ultimately, you and God are the experts on you and your personal journey with the Lord. I would be privileged to walk with you as a witness and a sister in Christ and through the exploration described above, walk toward the peace of God which then is beyond all understanding.
I offer 53-minute sessions. Other session lengths are available by consult. Sessions can be held more than once per week, weekly, or every other week. Scheduling options are discussed in greater detail during your Risk-Free Initial Session.
Availability (by office location):
- Seattle Greenlake: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
- Online counseling
Fees: I offer a Risk-Free Initial Session for individuals and couples looking to pursue counseling with me. Please note that there is a fee for the Risk-Free Initial Session as it is a clinical hour and reimbursable to most insurance companies, but if you choose not to reschedule and continue therapy after the initial session the entire fee for the session will be waived. For ongoing treatment the full fee per session is required at the time of service.
Insurance: As a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), most insurance companies will reimburse for a portion of my services (as an Out of Network Provider). Please consult with your insurance provider as to whether they specifically cover adolescents, individuals and couples.
Receipts/Statements: In the event you require a printed or digital receipt, I will provide receipts for personal use, insurance reimbursement, Flex Spending Accounts (FSA), and Health Savings Accounts (HSA).
Payment options: Cash, Check, or Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, & American Express). A fee of up to 3.7% plus $0.15 per transaction will be added for credit card payments.